The sponsorship of the stableford competition on Saturday by Brendan Spittles was one of the best the club has received for a single event.
Trophies were generous, there was a barbecue at the start, bowls of chips at the end, drinks for scores better than the host and, finally, a weekend of golf at Howlong for the golfer lucky enough to have their card pulled out of the barrel.
Peter Collison won the men’s event with 40 points off a 19 handicap, with John Hayward runner-up with 39. Ian Elders was third and won nearest-the-squiggly-line on the 10th hole. Darren Carter was fourth, Gerard Watson fifth and consolation balls went to scores of 35 and better.
Nearest-the-pin was won by Steve Whitting, Darren Carter and John Fanning.
Sharon Jeffers won the women’s event with 40 points off a 33 handicap, Lyn Flett was runner-up with 39, Judy Baker was third with 37 on a countback from Jan Coe and Wilma Saunders was fifth with 36 on a countback.
Nearest-the-pin went to Robyn Downs, Lyn Flett and Janette Hayward, while Downs also won longest drive and a consolation ball.
Joan Hill was delighted to have her scorecard pulled out of the barrel and now she and husband Frank will enjoy a weekend of golf at Howlong, with accommodation provided, courtesy of sponsor Brendan Spittles.
Order of Merit
Brady Bourke from Tatura Family Butcher is the generous sponsor for this monthly competition, with meat vouchers for the winners. David Roberts was the winner for February with 155 points at an average of 38.75 stableford points per Saturday round. Jack Risstrom was second with 145, average 36.25, and Jody Webber was third with 141 at 35.25.
Janette Hayward won the women’s competition with 130 at an average of 32.5, Phyl Fiddes was second and Sue Turnbull third.
Kath Erwen was a founding member of Hill Top and when she passed away she left money in her estate for Hill Top to rebuild the 12th green and to sponsor one event per year. That event was held on the Monday of the Labour Day weekend tournament and 87 golfers enjoyed the course and the barbecued chicken steaks provided beside the ninth tee.
Bailey Goodall is a lightly-built junior aged just 11, yet he plays to an eight handicap and scored 41 stableford points to win the day from mentor Lincoln Ferrari on a countback. Goodall had 37 shots on the two nine holes with a birdie on the ninth and four bogeys. His golfing future seems assured.
Nearest-the-pin went to Brad Deane, Gary Hopcraft, Mark Wursthorn and Bryan Miller, while Ian Le Lievre won straightest drive and Deane won the jackpot. Consolation golf balls went to scores of 36 and better.
Phyl Fiddes won the women’s competition with 40 points, Janette Hayward was runner-up with 38 and line balls went to 35.
Nearest-the-pin was won by Sue Turnbull, Barb Nation, Cheryl Stockdale and Jan Coe, while Lee Andrews won straightest drive.
Rocci Villani won Tuesday’s stroke competition with 85-20-65 and Jeff Baker was runner-up with 71 on a countback. Frank Hill won a consolation ball for his 71 and Baker also won nearest-the-pin.
Golfers welcomed Terry White back to golf after a long absence due to ill health and noticed his form had suffered little with his score of 74.
Ange Serra won the stableford competition on Thursday with 40 points and Bryan Miller was runner-up with 39. Rocci Villani won nearest-the-pin and line balls went to Bob Wildes 38 and Trevor Allen and Jeff Baker 37.
Michael Mulcahy won on Thursday with 40-12.5-27.5 in a field of 51 and Scott Carter was runner-up with 40-9.5-30.5. Matt Miller won nearest-the-pin on the 14th and consolation balls went to scores of 34 and better.
More big days
It can now be confirmed that the Labour Day weekend tournament was the biggest of the past 12 years when records have been kept.
Much of this is due to the valuable prizes made available from the great sponsors, namely Darryl Twitt Volkswagen, News Xpress Tatura, Niagara, CPA Packers, Nostra Pizza, Brush-it-up, Unilever, Tatura Logos and Promos, Drummond Golf, Northlinks Estate, Foodworks, Tatura Milk, Tatura Caravans and Good As Gold Golf Carts.
However, it has not ended there. On Sunday, Hill Top hosted the Goulburn Murray Golf Association ambrose event with players from all over the district participating.
The men’s section was won by Geoff Lipshut and Peter Caldow (Hill Top) on countback from Kelly Cheong and Ian Rathjen (Rushworth). In the women’s section, Jan Coe and Sharon Jeffers won ahead of Elaine Dunk and Julie Gregg, with both teams from Hill Top. In the mixed section, Simon and Julie Evans from Mooroopna got in by the barest of margins from locals Peter and Joyce Baird.
Nearest-the-pins and the like were well shared among the total field.
The next big Goulburn Murray Association event will be at Tocumwal on Sunday, April 22, when the men and women’s teams events will be played.
—Foozle and David Roberts